Howland Street Rats

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Philadelphia is currently at the height of rat season, which runs roughly from April to October, according to Philadelphia environmental health program administrator Raymond Delaney.

He became aware of the “rat issue” on Howland Street earlier this week and deployed staffers to the neighborhood immediately, he said.

By Alicia Victoria Lozano

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The Philadelphia Health Department is trying to stop a rat infestation plaguing a block in Northeast Philadelphia.

By Miguel Martinez-Valle


The bait boxes could take several days to be effective according to the health department, if you spot any rats, you are asked to contact the city health department.

By Staff


The Health Department says there is no immediate fix.

They released a statement Friday, saying in part, “Inspectors were scheduled to revisit the baited burrows today, due to the 3-5 day lag time before they start to see results from the baiting. Inspectors were out there this morning checking the baited burrows, and investigating more. They found burrows on two additional properties and baited them and put down bait boxes. Inspectors will be out there tomorrow to check the bait boxes, as is protocol, as well as following up early next week on the burrows, as is protocol.”

By Maggie Kent